Justin Hewgill


Justin Hewgill is a Partner at the Law Offices of Hewgill and Cobb.

Justin has focused his legal career on the needs of working people, and the needs of social movements by and for working people, most notably the labor movement. Justin has extensive experience in employment law, labor law, landlord-tenant law, and plaintiff-side tort law.

Prior to entering private practice, Justin was the supervising attorney at the Employee Rights Center, a non-profit organization which seeks to represent workers in a breadth of legal concerns. At the Employee Rights Center, Justin supervised a team of volunteer lawyers, law students, and support staff in prosecuting cases and enforcing the employment and labor rights of the Center’s clients. In this capacity, Justin prosecuted countless wage and hour matters, both before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement and Superior Court, and represented workers in a myriad of administrative forums, ranging from the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board to the National Labor Relations Board.

Prior to working at the Employee Rights Center of San Diego, Justin worked with the San Diego Fire Lawyers, a partnership of law firms representing victims of the 2007 San Diego County wildfires. With the San Diego Fire Lawyers, Justin worked with a team of attorneys representing clients who had lost homes, businesses, and other property, and experienced serious traumatic events in the 2007 wildfires. The San Diego Fire Lawyers was the largest single plaintiff group in the 2007 wildfires litigation, which was one of the largest tort matters ever litigated in the California courts. Prior to working with the San Diego Fire Lawyers, Justin was with the Affordable Housing Advocates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining affordable and habitable rental housing stock in the San Diego area and the state. At the Affordable Housing Advocates, Justin represented tenants with severe habitability defects in their homes to demand abatement from the tenants’ respective landlords, and to demand action from city officials tasked with enforcing basic housing standards.


University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), Juris Doctorate, May, 2008

  • Jurisprudence Award (highest grade): Labor Law
  • Prosser Prize (second highest grade): Sex Based Discrimination

University of San Diego, School of Law, 1L year of Law School (2005-2006)

  •  Cali Award (highest grade): Torts; Contracts; Constitutional Law

University of California, Riverside, B.A. Political Science, B.A. Fine Art, March, 2005